ERIC Number: ED172872
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
The Non-Credit Student: Characteristics, Educational Needs, and Satisfaction with Montgomery College.
Wenckowski, Charlene; And Others
Students (N=2,780) enrolled in Montgomery College's Community Services Program (MCCSP) in non-credit, continuing education courses during Fall 1978 were surveyed to identify the population being served by the program; the extent of their satisfaction with it and its relevance to their employment; how they learned of the courses; and their future course needs. Respondents (74% of those surveyed) were compared to the Montgomery County population in general, and to 16,770 individuals who were enrolled in a non-credit course in October 1978, and who responded to the same questionnaire administered statewide. The typical MCCSP student was female (63%), between 25 and 44 years of age (55%), a United States citizen (95%), white (90%), and employed full-time (58%); had earned a bachelor's degree or higher (51%); and was likely to be employed in a business-related, service, or government occupation. The MCCSP sample tended to be younger and better educated than the statewide sample. Half of the MCCSP students and 55% of the statewide respondents were "extremely satisfied" with the courses, citing "quality of instruction" most frequently as the reason. "Inconvenient location of courses" was cited most often as a reason for dissatisfaction. MCCSP students were more likely to have enrolled for career-related reasons. (DR)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Adult Vocational Education, Age, Educational Background, Ethnic Groups, Females, Males, Noncredit Courses, Participant Satisfaction, Relevance (Education), School Surveys, State Surveys, Statistical Data, Student Characteristics, Surveys, Tables (Data), Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Authoring Institution: Montgomery Coll., Rockville, MD. Office of Institutional Research.